I’m thinking more about reading material, in fact, than I am about clothes.
I still prefer my reading material to come printed on paper, silly me, but books are hard to carry so I’m shopping in the Kindle store. Guidebooks and history books are obvious, but I also want fiction. Have long wanted to read Wonder, an acclaimed young-adult novel by R.J. Palacio, about a regular boy who has severe facial deformity. “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
I’m about to push the buy button “includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet,” when the price catches me. $9.99.
Not bad, you might think, for a new novel. The list price for the hardcover is $15.99. It is, however, marked down to 8.89 and since I’ve got Amazon Prime, delivery would be free….via UPS not Whispernet.
Truly, I have to pay an extra $1.10 for the digital version? Which requires no printing, no storage, and no shipping fees?
And which I cannot loan out to friends, mark up with a pencil, or display proudly on my shelf?
This makes no sense at all.